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First Night Canyon

First Night Canyon is the Tom Hanks designation of an unnamed drainage, where he and Molly, Steve and Erica spent their first night on the Rainbow Plateau. Here the modern trail to Rainbow Bridge departs the Wetherill Trail and heads west to Bald Rock Canyon to the trail cut into the east wall by the Civilian Conservation Corps during Depression years of the 1930's. This modern cut-off shortens the walk from First Night Canyon to Surprise Valley by six to seven miles. The original Wetherill Trail passed east (right) of Cha Buttes, seen in the first and fourth sets of photographs below. Beaver (Cha) Creek is a nearby ephemeral drainage.

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“Eastern slope of Not-si-san” (1927) -- Photographed by J.J. Hanks
NAU.PH.2005.3.1.10.32 (item number: 48007)




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Looking south at Navajo Moutain from First
Night Canyon (2005) -- Photographed by R.H. Webb (U.S.G.S.)

Stake# 4826




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More rugged country, east of Not-si-san [Navajo Mountain] (1927) -- Photographed by J.J. Hanks
NAU.PH.2005.3.1.10.31 (item number: 45567)




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Looking down First Night Canyon toward Cha Buttes (2005) -- Photographed by R.H. Webb (U.S.G.S.)
Stake# 4828




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“Jim and Bill come to the assistance of sleepy Psi U” (1927) -- Photographed by J.J. Hanks
NAU.PH.2005.3.1.11.34b (item number: 45570)




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T.C. Hanks and D.P. Oldershaw, Looking down First Night Canyon at Cha Buttes (2005) -- Photographed by R.H. Webb (U.S.G.S.)
Stake# 4827




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“Our horses refresh themselves at Beaver Creek” (1927) -- Photographed by J.J. Hanks
NAU.PH.2005.3.1.11.34 (item number: 48009)




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T.C. Hanks and D.P. Oldershaw, Cha Creek (2005) -- Photographed by D.P. Oldershaw (U.S.G.S.)
Stake# 4776




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